Sweet Tone

December 1, 2010

BUDDY GUY HAD JUST MADE ONE OF THE swampiest, hippest, and sonically adventurous blues albums of the year when he graced our August 2001 cover. Sweet Tea was a real mindblower, placing Guy at the service of Northern Mississippi-style blues for the first time in his career—as well as songs he had never played before—and he responded with some absolutely ferocious performances. Here is a high-cost/lowcost comparison of some of the gear Guy brought to the Sweet Tea sessions. (All prices are street.)

POSH

GUITARS

gp1210_Posh_FenderArtistFender Artist Series Buddy Guy Stratocaster ($2,019), Gibson Custom Shop 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Darkback VOS ($3,699)

 

 

 

 

 

gp1210_Posh_GibsonGoldtop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMP

gp1210_Posh_CyberTwinFender Cyber Twin SE ($1,299)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EFFECTS

gp1210_Posh_MaxonIbanez TS808HW Hand-Wired Tube Screamer ($349), Dunlop BG-95 Buddy Guy wah ($169), Maxon PT999 Phase Tone ($150)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 gp1210_Posh_TubeScreamer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 gp1210_Posh_BuddyWah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRINGS

gp1210_PoshPoor_StringsErnie Ball Slinky, gauged .013-.062 ($4.59)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICKS

gp1210_Posh_PickDunlop Rounded Triangle ($3.99; six pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

$7,693.58

 

 

 

 

POOR

GUITARS

gp1210_Poor_StratFender Buddy Guy Polka Dot Stratocaster ($869), Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul goldtop ($399)

 

 

 

 

 

 gp1210_Poor_EpipGoldtop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMP

gp1210_Poor_GDECFender G-DEC 3 ($399; 30-watt 1x10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EFFECTS

gp1210_Poor_GarageToneIbanez TS-9 Tube Screamer ($99), Dunlop Original Cry Baby ($69), Visual Sound GarageTone Oil Can Phaser ($59)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 gp1210_Poor_IbanezTS

 

 

 gp1210_Poor_DunlopWah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRINGS

gp1210_PoshPoor_Strings_1Same ($4.59)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICKS

gp1210_Posh_Pick_1Same ($3.99; six pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

$1,902.58

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